Do Outdoor Work: 80-200 Calories Work your yard and your body. Raking leaves, gardening, mowing the lawn (with a push mower, of course) are all great ways of tidying your outdoor space while strengthening your muscles. Your toned shoulders and biceps will thank you. Raking - Calories Burned: 80 for 20 minutes Gardening - Calories Burned: 80 for 20 minutes Mowing - Calories Burned: 200 for 45 minutes
Bob's Tip of the Day: Don’t rake anything you can mow—leaves that fall on your lawn can be removed easily as long as you’re still cutting the grass. When the grass stops growing and you need to start raking, be sure to wear gloves to save your hands from blisters. Don’t rake long distances—bring your leaf bag to the leaves, not the other way around. If you have a lot of leaves, try raking them onto a tarp and then pulling the tarp along with you as you work.
Improve Your Soil by Raking Less: Mowing leaves into your lawn can improve its vigor, and unraked leaves in planting beds don’t smother shade-tolerant perennials. Read how, here http://www.finegardening.com/how-to/articles/improve-soil-rake-less.aspx#
- Everywhere, it's raining leaves. So are we going to rake all those fallen leaves to the curb to clog our storm drains and choke our landfills? No, no, no! Intelligent and responsible homeowners save their leaves to improve the garden and protect the environment.